Mastering Windows 10 Deployment Using MDT and System Center Configuration Manager

The training is extensive and covers almost all aspects of System Center.  Microsoft System Center is similar to Microsoft Office; it’s built of several products that are possible to connect and strengthened by using them together.  Just like you can link an Excel spreadsheet into a Word document, you can connect Virtual Machine Manager with Operations Manager, or have Orchestrator talk with the other System Center components.  To get the most out of your investment into System Center, it’s not enough to know just one component.  You need to understand them all. 

The guys behind this training Mikael Nyström & Johan Arwidmark.

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Class Overview

Although Windows 10 has been in the market for quite a while, it remains a fresh topic as many corporations are still in the process of deploying it. As a result, we are proud to announce this training that focuses on deploying and managing Windows 10 using ConfigMgr and MDT.  You also learn about new setup and deployment features, changes in the Windows ADK 10, and more.

In this training, you will learn to build and customize rock solid deployment solutions using System Center Configuration Manager CB (Current Branch) and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.  You will get a thorough walk-through of ConfigMgr and MDT, as well as a deep technical drill-down into changes in the Windows 10 platform.

This unique training was developed by two of the best OSD experts in the world, Johan Arwidmark and Mikael Nystrom.  They have based the training on extensive real-world OSD experience and more than 40 years of collective knowledge.  It is always performed on the latest version of Windows client, server and system management components.


300 (Advanced)

Who Should Attend

IT pros and administrators who want to build real-world deployment and management solutions using ConfigMgr and MDT.


Windows deployment experience, Sysprep, imaging, and drivers. A basic understanding of Active Directory and software distribution using ConfigMgr. Scripting experience (VBScript, PowerShell) is helpful but not a requirement.


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Mastering Windows 10 Deployment using MDT and ConfigMgr Current Branch TrueSec Training
The guys behind this training Mikael Nyström & Johan Arwidmark.

Class Outline

Windows 10 Technical Drill-down

  • Support for new hardware
  • Editions and licensing/activation
  • Productivity enhancements
  • Security enhancements
  • User interface changes
  • Hyper-V enhancements

Planning for Windows 10 Deployment

  • Planning for network infrastructure peer-to-peer solutions
  • Introduction to BranchCache, Peer Cache, delivery optimization, BITS, and LEDBAT
  • OU structure and group policy strategy
  • Naming conventions and structure
  • Assessment and readiness, MAPs, and Windows Analytics/Upgrade Readiness
  • Deployment scenarios (bare metal, refresh, replace, and in-place upgrades)
  • Deployment methods (PXE, boot media, and standalone media)
  • Automation level (wizard-driven, fully automated, dynamic, and hybrid)

Working with Provisioning Packages

  • Scenarios for provisioning packages
  • Resetting OEM setups
  • Creating and configuring provisioning packages
  • Applying enterprise configurations (domain, policies, applications, and settings)

Getting started with Windows Autopilot

  • Bringing computers under management
  • Hybrid deployment scenarios
  • OEM vendor support
  • Automating via Microsoft Graph

Creating Reference Images

  • Why to use MDT Lite Touch
  • LTI system requirements
  • Creating the server structure
  • Adding operating system files
  • Adding applications
  • Creating MDT task sequences
  • Configuring the deployment share
  • Creating Windows 10 reference images

Working with Hardware and Device Drivers

  • General driver challenges
  • Hardware support, UEFI configurations
  • Converting MBR to GBT
  • Understanding Windows drivers
  • Modern driver management
  • Automating BIOS updates and configuration
  • Driver tips and tricks

MDT OS Deployment

  • Preparing for production deployment
  • Adding production applications
  • Adding drivers
  • Creating the production task sequence and configuring rules
  • Replicating the content
  • Additional configurations for a distributed environment

ConfigMgr OS Deployment

  • Setting up ConfigMgr for software distribution
  • Integrating with MDT (Zero Touch)
  • Creating boot images
  • Adding operating system images
  • Adding ConfigMgr applications
  • Adding drivers for ConfigMgr
  • Creating task sequences
  • Configuring the rules, distributing content, and deploying task sequences
  • Deploying Windows clients using PXE

Troubleshooting OS Deployments

  • Error codes and log files
  • Debugging MDT Lite Touch
  • Debugging ConfigMgr OSD
  • PXE in a lab environment
  • Advanced task sequence troubleshooting

Windows 10 In-Place Upgrade Scenarios

  • Upgrade features
  • In-place upgrade limitations

Windows 10 In-Place Upgrade

  • Upgrading Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 clients to Windows 10
  • Servicing existing Windows 10 installations 
  • Creating the Windows 10 upgrade task sequence
  • Running the in-place upgrade process
  • Adding pre-flight actions to for Windows 10 upgrade/servicing
  • Monitoring and verifying the in-place upgrade process

Using USMT for Refresh and Replace

  • USMT versions and scenarios
  • User data and settings
  • System requirements
  • Multi-user migration integration with ConfigMgr
  • Support for additional settings
  • Creating custom XML files
  • Troubleshooting

Refreshing a Computer

  • Refreshing Windows clients using MDT and ConfigMgr task sequences
  • Customizing USMT settings

Replacing a Computer

  • Configuring the state migration point
  • Creating and running a replace task sequence
  • Verifying user state migration

Advanced Customizations

  • Creating a test environment
  • Using the MDT deployment database
  • Assigning applications using roles
  • Using a stored procedure
  • Using a UserExit script
  • Using web services

Windows Setup Engine

  • Image-based setup
  • Windows configuration passes
  • Understanding WSIM
  • Component-based servicing
  • Windows device drivers

Managing Windows Clients in the Enterprise

  • Using Group Policy preferences
  • Deploying applications using ConfigMgr
  • Using User Experience Virtualization (UE-V)
  • Using App-V applications
  • Configuring software updates (WSUS and ConfigMgr)

The absolute Windows deployment and management training with a focus on MDT and ConfigMgr, where you pick the track to follow during five intense days!

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Learn more about the Instructors:

Mikael Nystrom

Johan Arwidmark

Peter Lofgren